Walking

Walking trail

Woolbeding Landscapes

Walking trail

This is a gentle circular walk taking in wildlife, riverside views, and wide open landscapes.

Heather in full bloom on Woolbeding Commoon

Map

Woolbeding landscapes map

Start:

Older Hill car park, grid ref: SU 8696 2603

1

Face the signboard, take the path to your right; cross a small track and follow beneath the line of pylons. Enjoy the views to your right, overlooking the South Downs. Continue over the brow of the hill and descend 100 metres to a place where paths meet.

2

From the track junction, go left, then the first right, which heads down the valley - you're in heathland here, a mixture of bell heather, ling, and dwarf gorse. Continue to the fork, go right and continue downhill until you reach where another path crosses the way. There's a small shady pond tucked away to your right.

Shady turning beneath an old oak

3

Keep straight on down the valley, enjoying the views, until you see a track. Just before this track, turn right up a narrow path between trees, and follow this path, which at the end bears left to rejoin the vehicle track to cross the lane.

View down the valley

4

Look for the waymarker to your right, on the opposite side of the lane, then follow the footpath through the trees out into the open field. Continue along the hedgerow, then turn left at the style tucked away in the hedge and go downhill through the fields, going under the pylons and along the next field; at the bottom, turn right along Stedham Lane.

Lane crossing by Pound Yard

5

Within 50 metres, to your left you'll see a waymarker pointing to a steeply descending path beside ancient beech trees. Head down the path to the bottom, by the river, where you'll find Stedham Mill and Ford. Keep this side of the River Rother, turn left and follow the riverside path. Continue, passing over a small wooden bridge, until you pass through a wooden gate, into a field.

Along the River Rother, below Stedham Lane

6

Before the end of the field, turn left at a wooden gate leading up into the woods. After a short climb, turn left and follow the woodland path. Continue past the steps to your left, which head back down to the river, and take the next right turn to the wooden gate. Cross the lane into the fields.

Gate back into the woods from the River Rother

7

Go along the path with the hedgerow to your left, turning right when you reach the woods at the end of the field. Continue along the woodland edge. Go left, still by the woodland, and under the pylons. Turn right at the next field, then turn left and go up along the field edge towards Keeper's Cottage - through the hedge to your right you can glimpse Eastshaw Lane. Follow the footpath around the cottage, continue up the field, and at the gap in the hedge turn right up Eastshaw Lane. Continue up the lane onto Woolbeding Common.

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Looking back to the woods, Eastshaw Lane behind you, Keeper's Cottage to your right

8

Continue straight up along the footpath through the birch, bracken, and heather of the common for a kilometer; just before a small car park, take the left turn downhill, then take the first footpath to your right through the heathland. Follow the path up across the open heath and into the woods. Once in the woods, continue till you meet a track; turn left downhill for a little further until a waymarked narrow footpath on your right leading you down through the trees back to your starting point.

The last narrow footpath back to the Older Hill car park

End:

Older Hill car park, grid ref: SU 8696 2603

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Woolbeding Landscapes

Terrain

Gentle, easy going underfoot, some stiles and slopes. Well-behaved dogs on leads are welcome. Please note that there may be livestock in some areas.

Woolbeding Landscapes

Contact us

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How to get here

Address
Older Hill National Trust car park, off Linch Lane, accessed from the A272 near Midhurst
By train

Haslemere Station, 8 miles; then Countryliner bus 70 or 71 to Midhurst bus station.

By road

From Midhurst; take the A272, then the right hand turning signposted Woolbeding. Follow the signs to Redford; the occasionally very narrow way becomes Linch Lane. The signposted turning to Older Hill is to your right hand, the National Trust car park is aound 750 metres along to your right hand.

By foot

Woolbeding Common is on the winding path of the 64-mile Serpent Trail between Haslemere and Petersfiled, connecting local heathlands.

By bus

From Midhurst bus station, take Emsworth & District 93 bus and alight at Redford Garage. Follow the Serpent Trail signage at the East side of the road up to Older Hill. The bus runs Wednesday and Saturday only; one daily service leaving Midhurst at approximately 09:30, return journey leaves Redford at approximately 13:00. 

By bicycle

From Chichester take Centurion Way to West Dean. Midhurst is a further 6 miles north on A286. From Midhurst take the A272 towards Petersfield. Take the right hand turning signposted Woolbeding. Follow the signs to Redford; the occasionally very narrow way becomes Linch Lane. The signposted turning to Older Hill is to your right hand, the National Trust car park is aound 750 metres along to your right hand.